The recent wave of automobile/bicycle collabos is a bit hard to explain, but one thing's for sure. It's resulting in some pretty dope special edition two-wheelers. The latest—and possibly most surprising—mash up to surface is between Shelby, of Mustang and custom car fame, and Felt Bicycles.
With a quasi-retro feel, the cycle is designed around a stout, yet tapered aluminum tank frame that is bolted up to a three-speed Shimano internal gearing system. Dipped in Shelby's trademark Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue, the bike perches on 36-spoke black wheels, and will be available for purchase later this month with a price tag of $999. Chill on the bike rack though. This one may look good next to your Pop's Shelby, but we cringe at the thought of one mounted on top.
Felt Bicycles, a global leader of innovative and state-of-the-art competition bicycles, is pleased to announce its new agreement with Carroll Shelby Licensing. Felt and Shelby Licensing have teamed up to design and develop a cruiser that pays homage to the iconic Shelby image. The Shelby Cruiser will be a limited edition offering and available worldwide.
"Carroll is known for his determination to succeed and his passion for performance," said Felt President Bill Duehring. "These attributes propelled Shelby to the pinnacle of auto racing and inspired a legion of fans. At Felt Bicycles, we share these same values and we are honored to be part of this project."
Felt designers worked hand-in-hand with the Shelby team to create a bike that exudes the Shelby image and culture. Designers drew upon the wealth of Shelby racing traditions when developing the design and graphic scheme. The bike features the legendary Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue paint scheme that adorned many of Shelby's vintage cars, including the famed GT350.
"Felt Bicycles is a world renowned competition and high performance bicycle manufacturer and designer," noted Tracey Smith, vice president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. "The team at Felt understands the passion that drives many Shelby enthusiasts, which is similar to the spirit of competition in many Felt bike owners. Now enthusiasts can take their love of Shelbys to the bike trails, streets and beach boardwalks."
The bike is built around Felt's hydro-formed aluminum tank frame and fitted with high performance three-speed Nexus internal gearing. The bike rolls on 36 spoke wheels wrapped with "blue dot" tires to resemble automotive racing tires, and a proprietary linkage-designed springer fork affords fast and precise handling. Every detail on the bike is honed to the tradition and passion embodied by Carroll Shelby and his company.
Each of the limited edition bicycles is individually badged and serial numbered to ensure authenticity. The Shelby Cruiser will be available through Felt Bicycles and its retailers beginning in late May 2011. The bike will retail for $999.